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Hi Guys,

Recently I made the purchase of a Shimano Curado 200E7, to go along with this Sage 3113M Gear rod. The purpose is for drift fishing, rivers like the vedder/stave etc.

Just wondering if anyone here uses the 200E model, and whether or not the 300E would have been the better choice, since its able to hold more line, higher drag system etc.

Just looking for opinions.

Might end up swapping this one for a 300E if you can convince me ;)

The one great thing about the 200E7 is the faster Gear Ratio: 7.0:1

Quicker retrieves, more time spent drifting (at least thats what im telling myself)

The gear ratio and the lightness of the reel basically won me over. What are your thoughts.. would the 300E of been a better choice for fishing all types of salmon, springs included?

Note: Using Braided line 30LB, which carries a diamater of 12LB Mono, this gives me 240 yards with the 300E, and only around 130 with the 200E.

Will a 130 Yards be enough? taking into consideration line breaks, shortenings every once and a while for retying knots, cutting a few feed for that sliding weight once and a while, etc... what is your opinion/experience with this kind of length on a drift reel, fishing places like fraser river, vedder, stave, is 130 yards sufficient? keep in mind im drift fishing from shore. no boating.

See below for a quick comparison:

Model: CU300E

Retrieve: Right
Lince Capacity(#Test/yd): 12/240, 14/190, 20/120
Max Drag (lb): 15.0
S A-RB Ball Bearings: 1
Shielded Stainless Steel Ball Bearings: 5
A-RB Roller Clutch Bearings: 1
Gear Ratio: 6.2:1
Weight : 10.5 oz

- Model: CU200E7

- Retrieve: Right
- Lince Capacity(# Test/yd: 8/180, 10/155, 14/110
- Max Drag (lb): 11.0
- S A-RB Ball Bearings: 1
- Shielded Stainless Steel Ball Bearings: 5
- A-RB Roller Clutch Bearings: 1
- Gear Ratio: 7.0:1
- Weight : 7.6

Looking forward to your expertise!

Thanks guys,


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daniel beast
Be prepared to get spooled with the 200, if you get into a big Spring. Also you may burn a few drag disks. If you get a few birds-nests you will be down even more capacity. Also remember as your line on the spool is depleted, the torque on the drag will be less due to the diameter of the spool size, causing the spool to spin faster when being pulled out, therefore heating up the drag even faster. If you have a larger line capacity you should have less chance of this happening.:2cents:
FOCB :cheers:

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I bought the Curado 200 E 7, fishing it on my Sage 3106. I fish the Vedder and Harrison River, landed 6 steelhead, 10 Coho last year, probably a hundred fish with the reel. I am not interested, to land white spring with it. I read all the reviews on the reel and videos as well. I like the reel, it performs the way they said it does. I would recommend the reel for fishing the Vedder with the exception of the big springs.
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